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Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with infants, children and adolescents and their diseases. A child's physician provides not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. This category includes news on childhood diseases and illnesses, parenting tips, learning and development, social skills, breastfeeding and infant care.
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Antidepressive treatment during pregnancy can affect newborn brain activity

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 06:00
A new Finnish study shows that fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns.

'Map' of teenage brain provides strong evidence of link between serious antisocial behaviour and brain development

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 03:00
The brains of teenagers with serious antisocial behaviour problems differ significantly in structure to those of their peers, providing the clearest evidence to date that their behaviour stems from...

Recharge with sleep: Pediatric sleep recommendations promoting optimal health

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 23:00
For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released official consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and teenagers...

Physical activity builds stronger bones, even in children with genetic risk

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 08:00
Exercise, particularly high-impact activity, builds stronger bones in children, even for those who carry genetic variants that predispose them to bone weakness, according to new research.

Marijuana, alcohol use may harm teens' mental health, academic outcomes

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:00
New research finds that marijuana and alcohol use during middle and high school may lead to poorer academic outcomes and mental health problems.

Proper maternal folate level may reduce child obesity risk

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 04:00
NIH-funded study suggests an optimal level for pregnant women, particularly those who are obese.

Breast-feeding improves later-life heart health for preterm infants

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 23:00
Breast-feeding may improve later-life heart structure and function for infants who are born preterm, according to the results of a new study.

Peanut allergy prevention strategy is nutritionally safe, NIH-funded study shows

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 02:00
Early-life peanut consumption does not affect duration of breastfeeding or children's growth and nutrition.

New treatment offers hope for children with debilitating skin and muscle disease

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 02:00
Patients who have failed multiple drug treatments show significant improvements.

Disease that causes blindness in children tied to new gene

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 08:00
Northwestern Medicine and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) scientists have identified a gene that causes severe glaucoma in children.

Cigarette smoking in high school at 'all-time low,' CDC report

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:00
The CDC have announced that cigarette smoking among high school students has fallen to its lowest level since 1991. Concerns remains about e-cigarette use.

Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 08:00
Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of...

Major depression: Most antidepressants ineffective for children, teens

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
A review in The Lancet finds that most antidepressants offer no benefit for children and adolescents with major depression, and they may even cause harm.

Automated overnight closed-loop insulin system shown to improve glucose control for youngsters at diabetes camp

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
Using an automated insulin feedback controller as part of an overnight closed-loop (OCL) control system improved glucose control (increased time within target glucose range) and reduced episodes of...

Thailand is first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 23:00
Thailand has received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a...

Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 07:00
Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a...

Weight gain between pregnancies increases risk of birth asphyxia

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 04:00
The risk of asphyxia in a second child is higher if the mother has put on weight since the birth of her first child, according to a new large Swedish registry study conducted by researchers at...

Study charts development of emotional control in teens

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 04:00
In the midst of all the apparent tumult, intense emotion, and occasional reckless behavior characterizing the teenage years, the brain is, in fact, evolving and developing the neural circuits...